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Friends Fun Wine launches new commercial to promote coffee-wine drinks

Teaser launches in time for National Coffee Day

Friends Fun Wine, a brand of Aventura, Fla.-based Friends Beverage Group, launched a new commercial just in time for National Coffee Day on Sept. 29 to promote its soon-to-be released coffee-wine beverages. The 30-second spot invites consumers to give a new meaning to breakfast in bed by adding a romantic element to the occasion by serving the coffee-wine drinks with the meal.


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Smirnoff introduces new Sours vodkas

Brand challenges consumers to show their sour faces on social media

Diageo North America, Norwalk, Conn., extended its Smirnoff vodka brand with a new Sours line.


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SWA responds to Scottish independence referendum

Voters elect to remain part of United Kingdom

After citizens in Scotland voted to keep the country a member of the United Kingdom, the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA), Edinburgh, Scotland, released a statement.“The people of Scotland have made a historic choice against the background of the most profound national debate,” said David Frost, chief executive officer of the SWA, in a statement.


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Absolut Vodka launches limited-edition Andy Warhol bottle

Brand launches art exchange, nightlife experience to support new package

New York-based Pernod Ricard USA’s Absolut Vodka brand announced the release of its limited-edition Andy Warhol bottle, a new design celebrating the brand’s iconic collaboration with the artist. The offering embodies the brand’s commitment to supporting all things rooted in artistic expression and creativity, the company says.


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Luminary Red Blend

Crimson Wine Group is taking wine blends to the next level with its new Luminary Red Blend.


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Devotion Vodka’s new gluten-free Tiki Tea exceeds sales expectations

New Tiki Tea vodka variations expected by February

Although now best known for its gluten-free and no-added-sugar attributes, the Devotion Vodka brand actually got its start in the club scene.


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Casillero del Diablo Devil’s Collection

Crafted by Concha y Toro and imported into the United States by Excelsior Wines, the new Casillero del Diablo Devil’s Collection targets the younger generation, according to Concha y Toro.


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Ciroc, Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs launch pineapple-flavored vodka

Diageo brand named Official Toast of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

Sean "Diddy" Combs and the makers of Ciroc Ultra Premium vodka announced the newest addition to its flavor portfolio — Ciroc Pineapple infused vodka. The new vodka offers a rich pineapple flavor with a touch of vanilla and a tropical finish, according to Diageo, the brand’s Norwalk, Conn.-based parent company.


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William Grant & Sons acquires Drambuie Liqueur Co.

Acquisition includes Drambuie whisky liqueur brand

Premium spirits business and independent Scottish family distillers William Grant & Sons Holdings Ltd., New York, acquired the Drambuie Liqueur Co. Ltd., the Glasgow, Scotland-based owner of the Drambuie whisky liqueur brand.


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Santa Rita Secret Reserve Red Blend

Palm Bay International released its Santa Rita Secret Reserve Red Blend, which features a variety of grapes from Chile.


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Dinner with Tequila Don Julio

Diageo is taking its Tequila Don Julio brand on the road this summer with a rolling Airstream Speakeasy mobile craft cocktail bar. The team stopped in Chicago on July 29 to share some specialty tequila cocktails paired with food from Chicago restaurants Honey Butter Fried Chicken and The Radler as well as dessert venues Black Dog Gelato and Baker Miller. (Photos by Jennifer Haderspeck)

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